Family Events & Festivals

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 ConcertsGo to top of List
 
March 13, Friday
DAN + SHAY
John Paul Jones Arena.
Solidifying their superstar status with yet another career milestone, GRAMMY-winning duo Dan + Shay will perform their first ever headlining arena trek, Dan + Shay The (Arena) Tour. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 11th at 10am. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm .  Contact: Liz Flynn.  Email: johnpauljonesarenainfo@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
March 14, Saturday
ORATORIO SOCIETY OF VIRGINIA: TOGETHER IN SONG: A COMMUNITY SING-IN
Oratorio Society of Virginia.
The Oratorio Society's community sing-in featuring music by Bach, Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann. First Presbyterian Church.  4pm.  $20, $10 Students.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-4385. 
 
March 15, Sunday
3RD ANNUAL AHS JAZZ BAND SWING INTO SPRING BENEFIT CONCERT
The Jefferson Theater.
Featuring the nationally-acclaimed Albemarle High School jazz band and an all-star lineup of the areas top professional musicians sitting in with the ensemble, this event is designed as a benefit for the band to give back to the Charlottesville community. The Jefferson Theater.  7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-594-8499. 
 
 ExhibitsGo to top of List
 
February 25, March 24, April 28
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 18-March 31
CREATED EQUAL: PORTRAITS OF CIVIL RIGHTS HEROES
Monticello.
Robert Shetterly's Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) is a series of more than 250 portraits and narratives highlighting citizens who courageously address issues of social, environmental and economic fairness. By combining art and other media, AWTT offers resources to inspire a new generation of engaged Americans to act for the common good, our communities and the Earth. Monticello, Robert H. and Clarice Smith Gallery at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
January 18-April 18
A PLACE FIT FOR WOMEN
The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.
Exhibit featuring 14 paintings of African American women and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment. The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-260-8720. 
 
March 14-August 28
ANNUAL VSA VISUAL ARTS EXHIBIT
VSA Arts of Charlottesville/Albemarle.
This annual show featuring works by dozens of area artists promotes experiences in the arts for individuals with disabilities. Works will be on display and for sale until August 28. Carver Recreation Center.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-953-6286. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
 Farm & Orchard EventsGo to top of List
 
March 5-May 9, Thursdays & Saturdays
CAROMONT FARM SNUGGLE SESSION
Caromont Farm.
Come for a pop-up shop selling cheese and cheese-centric bites, Caromont swag, tours of the farm, representatives from other awesome local businesses, and of course, baby goats. Out of respect to the animals, neighbors and zoning laws, please reserve slots for all of those in your party and try to carpool if possible. Caromont Farm, Esmont.  11:30am-4:30pm.  $10, ages 4 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-831-1393. 
 
LOCAL FARMS & ORCHARDS
Charlottesville-Albemarle has many great outdoor opportunities for families and perennial favorites are berry-picking, pumpkin picking, and springtime farm visits to see baby animals. In our AF Guide to Family Fun you'll find listings for farms and orchards that welcome families. Please be courteous and call ahead to plan your visit--these wonderful places are also home for the farmers. For details, please click this link. 
 
 FestivalsGo to top of List
 
February 28, Friday
8TH ANNUAL ARTFEST IN THE WEST
Western Albemarle High School.
Families can expect stellar kids' activities, worldly decorations, delicious food and silent auction items. Kids can take part in hands-on arts and crafts activities and enjoy a photo booth, and see live music performances by local kids. Western Albemarle High School.  6-9pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-806-1149. 
 
March 4, Wednesday
PIEDMONT REGIONAL SCIENCE FAIR
Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair.
About 300 students in grades 6-12 representing more than 30 different schools from over a dozen school divisions will participate in the annual Virginia Piedmont Regional Science Fair. Students interested in the science and engineering fields can earn recognition and participate in an inspiring learning experience. John Paul Jones Arena.  Email: src.vprsf@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-227-9062. 
 
March 7, Saturday
BUBBLES, BREWS & BBQ
Boar's Head Resort.
This event will feature up to 15 local breweries and nearly 30 local brews. The sounds of American blues will echo across the back lawn as The Bush League and the Eli Cook band rock the stage. This family-friendly event will also be serving up slow-cooked BBQ from the Boar's Head smoker. Boar's Head Resort.  1-5pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-2181. 
 
March 14-15, Saturday & Sunday
SPRING OYSTER FESTIVAL
Early Mountain Vineyards.
A weekend of Virginia wines, The Jacob Paul Allen Band from Nashville, and fresh oysters sourced from the Eastern Shore. Early Mountain's Culinary Crew will provide a seasonal menu of crab cakes, fried oysters, lobster rolls, and of course, freshly shucked oysters on the half shell. Family-friendly event. Admission includes entry to the festival, a glass of Early Mountain wine and a stemless wine glass as a take-home gift for those over 21. Under 21 tickets include free beverage. Early Mountain Vineyards.  12-5pm.  $20.  Email: cheers@earlymountain.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-9005. 
 
March 18-22, Wednesday-Sunday
26TH ANNUAL VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy and literature. Programs include traditional author readings, book signings, a StoryFest day of children's authors, panels on publishing and workshops on bookbinding. Various venues.  $Most events are free.  All ages welcome.  Email: vabook@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-6890. 
 
March 20-April 12
NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Washington, D.C..
The National Cherry Blossom Festival celebrates spring in the nation's capital, the gift of the cherry blossom trees and the enduring friendship between the people of the United States and Japan. Take a tour, stroll along the mall, ride a Tidal Basin paddle boat, see the parade on April 4. Washington, D.C.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 26-May 2
71ST ANNUAL DOGWOOD FESTIVAL
Charlottesville Dogwood Foundation.
The Dogwood Festival's mission has always been to help the community. The festival features a carnival, parade, concert, fireworks and more. Throughout Charlottesville.  Email: info@charlottesvilledogwoodfestival.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-961-9824. 
 
Ongoing
SCHOOL FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Many local schools host wonderful special events each year--fairs, festivals, dances, spaghetti suppers and more. Because they are designed by parents for families you can be sure of having a good time and supporting a worthwhile cause. For details, please click this link. 
 
 History ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
Daily in February
HEMINGS FAMILY TOUR AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
The Hemings Family Tour is a one-hour-and-45-minute small-group interactive tour exploring both the Main House and Mulberry Row through the stories of seven members of the largest enslaved family at Monticello. Explore related narratives of struggle, survival and family bonds across more than three generations. Monticello.  1:30-2:30pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-9800. 
 
March 15, Sunday
OPENING DAY AT POPLAR FOREST
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.
Poplar Forest reopens daily, offering guided tours of the octagonal villa and hearth-cooking demonstrations throughout the day. Explore the presidents private retreat on an hour-long guided tour; docents share true stories and anecdotes about Mr. Jeffersons lifestyle at Poplar Forest and that of his enslaved workers, gleaned from his correspondence and diaries as well as archaeological evidence. Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest.  10am-5pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-525-1806. 
 
March 16, Monday
JAMES MADISON'S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Montpelier.
Commemorate the 269th birthday of James Madison, featuring the United States Marine Corps' Honor Guard, Color Guard, and Firing detail, during this annual wreath-laying ceremony. Pre-ceremony music will begin at 1:10pm, and the official ceremony commences at 1:30pm at the Madison Family Cemetery. In the House, Mr. Madison will accept birthday wishes. Montpelier.  1:30pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
March 20-22, Friday-Sunday
THE NINETEENTH AMENDMENT CENTENNIAL SEMINAR
James Madison's Montpelier.
This seminar will address the history and legacy of the constitutional amendment that established women's right to vote. James Madison's Montpelier, Orange.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-672-2728. 
 
March 22, Sunday
VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK AT HIGHLAND
Virginia Festival of the Book / James Monroe's Highland.
In partnership with the 26th Annual Virginia Festival of the Book, Highland will host University of Virginia professor Justene Hill Edwards for Class, Church, and Place in Southern Black Communities. Ms. Edwards will moderate a panel featuring William Andrews, author of Slavery and Class in the American South: A Generation of Slave Narrative Testimony 1840-1865, Daniel Thorp, author of Facing Freedom: An African American Community in Virginia From Reconstruction to Jim Crow, and Nicole Myers, author of Turner Soul Liberty: The Evolution of Black Religious Politics in Postemancipation Virginia. James Monroe's Highland.  1-3pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jason Woodle.  Email: info@highland.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-293-8000. 
 
March 24, Tuesday
LECTURE SERIES: EXPLORING THE WILDS: THE VIOLIN IN EARLY AMERICA
Frontier Culture Museum.
Guest Speaker: Tim MacDonald, Independent Scholar Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  Directions: Dairy Barn Lecture Hall.  7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
March 27, Friday
SPRING HOMESCHOOL DAY
Frontier Culture Museum.
Visit the wonderful exhibits and historical interpreters and enjoy great hands-on learning and interactive education. Visitors can expect to see activities such as cooking, gardening, woodworking, flax and wool spinning, rare-breed animals, schoolhouse lessons and more. Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton.  9am-5pm.  Email: visitor.center@frontiermuseum.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-332-7850. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
Every Month, Third Saturday
TODDLER TIME AT MONTICELLO
Monticello.
Toddlers and their adult companions will love an adventure in the Griffin Discovery Room for story time, crafts, and special activities - the perfect introduction to the world of Thomas Jefferson! Monticello, Griffin Discovery Room.  9-10am.  $10.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-9880. 
 
 Markets & BazaarsGo to top of List
 
March 13-21
HERE WEE GROW AGAIN!
Aldersgate United Methodist Church/ CharlottesvilleFamily.
This semi-annual kids' consignment sale offers gently used clothes, toys and gear. The sale benefits local families in need and Aldersgate Methodist Church's outreach efforts. The "Choose Your Charity" event is on March 9. The $5 admission cost on that day goes to the charity of your choice. Aldersgate United Methodist Church.  Directions: 1500 East Rio Rd.  10am-6pm.  $5 donation to charity of choice.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-5806. 
 
January 11-March 21, Saturdays
KEY'S CORNER INDOOR MARKET
City of Charlottesville.
Indoor winter farmer's market. Closed on February 8. Key Recreation Center.  8-11:30am.  Email: citymarket@charlottesville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3371. 
 
January 11-March 21, Saturdays
WINTER FARMERS MARKET
IX Art Park.
You can still have fresh local produce even when it's cold outside. Come browse Virginia-born fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses and prepared foods, as well as arts and crafts from local makers. IX Art Park.  9am-1pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-207-2355. 
 
February 29 - April 9
GREEN VALLEY BOOK FAIR
Green Valley Book Fair.
A discount book outlet store featuring over 500,000 new books at incredible bargain prices. Save up to 90% off retail on over 30,000 different titles in more than 60 different categories  including fiction, history, health and self-help, children's books, religion, science, sports, cooking, home and garden, crafts, art, reference, nature and outdoors and more. Green Valley Book Fair, Mount Crawford.  10am-5pm Monday-Thursday; 10am-6pm Friday & Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-385-0099. 
 
January 11, February 8, March 8 & April 12, Saturdays
WINTER MADISON FARMERS MARKETS
Madison Farmers Market.
Come out to the winter markets at Hoover Ridge Park. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  10am-12pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-948-6881. 
 
 MoviesGo to top of List
 
February 29, Saturday
CATVIDEOFEST 2020
Violet Crown Theater & Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA.
CatVideoFest is a compilation reel of the latest and best cat videos culled from countless hours of unique submissions and sourced animations, music videos, and, of course, classic internet powerhouses. CatVideoFest is a joyous communal experience, only available in theaters, and raises money for cats in need through partnerships with local cat charities, animal welfare organizations, and shelters to best serve cats in the area. A percentage of ticket proceeds will be provided to Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA. Violet Crown Charlottesville.  2-3:30pm.  $11.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 20, Friday
FREE MOVIE FRIDAY: JOJO RABBIT [PG-13]
PVCC.
Join the PVCC Student Art Club for a free screening of the 2019 "anti-hate" satirical dark comedy Jojo Rabbit, shown on the big screen in the comfortable and spacious Main Stage Theatre. PVCC.  7:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
FAMILY MOVIE AT THE LIBRARY: ABOMINABLE
JMRL - Northside Library.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join for family-friendly movies. Snack and juice box provided. No registration required, but space is limited. JMRL - Northside Library.  2-4pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7893. 
 
March 22, Sunday
8TH ANNUAL WILD AND SCENIC FILM FEST
Friends of the Rappahannock.
Wild & Scenic Film Festival showcases the best and most inspiring environmental and adventure films of the past year. The festival celebrates the wild and fragile beauty of our environment, the animals and plants that populate it and the people who work to preserve it. Through these stunningly beautiful films you will be inspired to explore the wild places in your own backyard and around the world. University of Mary Washington, University Center.  2-5pm.  $10 advance, $15 at the door, students free, college students free with ID.  Email: carleigh.starkson@riverfriends.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-373-3448. 
 
 MuseumsGo to top of List
 
January 8, February 5 & March 4, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue childrens librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-10:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
February 11 & March 10, Tuesdays
BABIES IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum of Art.
Specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions, Babies in Artland invites lively conversation about works of art, with baby coos and cries encouraged. There will be time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-10:45am.  $Free.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 29-March 18, Wednesdays
FUN FOR THE YOUNG @ THE FRALIN
Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Start with a book, and then go look. Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, movement, play, and simple hands-on projects. UVA's Fralin Museum of Art.  Directions: 155 Rugby Rd.  10-11am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
March 21, Saturday
FAMILY ART JAMS: PATTERN & PLACE
Fralin Museum of Art.
These popular programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum's exhibitions accessible to children. Children should have an adult accompanying them. Tour the exhibition of memorial poles by Aboriginal Australian artists, and develop abstract patterns to represent our neighborhoods. Fralin Museum of Art.  1-3pm, ages 5-7 & 3-5pm, ages 8-12.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 24-May 24
THE INSIDE WORLD: CONTEMPORARY ABORIGINAL AUSTRAILIAN MEMORIAL POLES
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.
The Inside World presents 112 memorial poles by 55 artists from remote Aboriginal communities in the tropical northern region of Australia known as Arnhem Land. Traditionally, these poles - known as lorrkkon, upun, or arrakitjwere used to house the bones of the deceased. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3592. 
 
Every Friday
ART EXPEDITIONS
Amazement Square.
Take a journey in Art Expeditions to learn about types of art and try your hand at different techniques. Amazement Square .  Directions: Lynchburg.  4-5pm.  $Free with admission .  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-845-1888. 
 
First Friday of every month
FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Explore More Discovery Museum.
Kids can participate in fun activities designed to help them understand how to build a foundation and frame for everything from muscles and bones to house and home. Explore More Discovery Museum.  Directions: 150 S. Main Street, Harrisonburg.  4-7pm.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-442-8900. 
 
LOCAL MUSEUMS
We have many fabulous museums in our region. Everything from our own Virginia Discovery Museum downtown to the Science Museum of Virginia in Richmond! Please also take a look at our other publication especially for tourists and newcomers, The Charlottesville Welcome Book. Visit our CharlottesvilleFamily Guide to Family Fun Year-Round for comprehensive museum listings for families in our area. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
MUSEUMS ON US
Bank of America / Merrill / Virginia Discovery Museum.
Its Museums on Us® day at the Virginia Discovery Museum, sponsored by Bank of America! BoA, Merrill, and Bank of America Private Bank (U.S. Trust) customers receive one free general admission ticket per cardholder with an active credit or debit card and valid photo ID. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
Third Fridays
SCIENCE AFTER DARK
Science Museum of Virginia.
Each month offers a quirky and unique theme. Spend a night exploring the exhibits, with custom, all-live astronomy presentations at 6:30pm and 7:15pm in The Dome and a classic movie at 8pm on the largest screen in the state. Science After Dark features hands-on activities and stargazing on the front lawn with the Richmond Astronomical Society. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  5pm.  $10 general public.  Email: info@smv.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
First Wednesdays
WEGMAN'S PAY WHAT YOU WISH WEDNESDAY
Virginia Discovery Museum / Wegmans.
Admission to the museum is by donation today. Virginia Discovery Museum.  Directions: East end of the Downtown Mall (near City Hall).  10am-5pm.  Email: gallerymanager@vadm.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 977-1025. 
 
Tuesdays
TODDLER TALES
Amazement Square.
Toddler Tales meets each Tuesday to focus on preschool preperation through fun and engaging activities, songs, take-home activities and a themed story time. Amazement Square, The Big Red Barn.  10:30am.  $Free with admission.  Recommended for ages 0 to 5.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 845-1888. 
 
 Nature & Park ActivitiesGo to top of List
 
January 13 - February 29
HALF-PRICE ADMISSION DAYS AT LEWIS GINTER
Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.
There is plenty to see at the Garden in January and February. The warm and cozy Conservatory beckons with aromatic orchids, blooming cactus, birds-of-paradise and other tropical flowers. Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden.  9am-5pm.  $4 children, $6 adults & seniors.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-262-9887. 
 
March 21, Saturday
FAMILY FUN DAY
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue.
Meet the horses and donkeys of Hope's Legacy. Space is limited to the first 20 registrants. There is no charge to attend, but donations are greatly appreciated. Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Afton.  10-12pm.  $Free.  Email: hopeslegacy@hotmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-5688. 
 
March 21, Saturday
HOPE'S LEGACY FAMILY FUN DAY
Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc.
Do you have a horse or donkey lover in your household? Bring them to Hope's Legacy Equine Rescue's Family Fun Days. Volunteer-led outdoor activities, like a scavenger hunt, will help you and young ones learn more about these majestic animals. Come out and meet Donkey, Dolly, and all the animals at Hopes Legacy, and have a fun time too. 2080 Castle Rock Road, Afton.  10am-12pm.  $0.  Recommended for ages 4 to 90.  Special Needs Accommodation: Outdoor uneven terrain  Contact: Volunteer Coordinators.  Email: hlervolunteers@gmail.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-531-5688. 
 
First Saturdays
BLUE RIDGE YOUNG BIRDERS MONTHLY MEETING
Blue Ridge Young Birders Club.
Does your child have an interest in nature or a passion for birds? Come see two club members discuss birding the Eastern Shore of Virginia. The meeting is preceded by a 7:30am bird walk that is fun and informative. The event is open to kids 7-18 and their parents. Education Building of Ivy Creek Foundation.  9:30am, 7:30am bird walk.  $free.  Recommended for ages 7 to 18.  Contact: Mary Mapel.  Email: info@blueridgeyoungbirders.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-363-5035. 
 
February 1, Friday
FIRST FRIDAYS UNDER THE STARS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Learn about the stars and other celestial objects. Start with a short talk in the education building then after the skies darken, volunteers help point out constellations and nebula. Use the Charlottesville Astronomical Society's telescope or bring your own. Cloudy skies cancel the outdoor portion. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:45-9pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: director@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First Saturdays
FIRST SATURDAY BIRD WALK
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Come for an early morning bird walk with Amy Neale of the Monticello Bird Club. Beginners always are welcome, and binoculars are available to share. Meet in the parking lot of Ivy Creek Natural Area to participate. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  7:30-8:30am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: programs@ivycreekfoundation.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-7772. 
 
First & Third Mondays and Second & Fourth Thursdays
LITTLE NATURALISTS
Ivy Creek Foundation.
Introduce your 3 to 5 year old to nature with this short talk and trail walk. Trained guides will host, starting in the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Building. Ivy Creek Natural Area.  10-11am.  $Free.  Contact: Jill Watt.  Email: jillheffwatt@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 717-850-1461. 
 
Third Friday of every month
LIVESKY PLANETARIUM SHOW
Science Museum of Virginia.
Take a guided tour of the current night sky and find out about the latest celestial happenings. You'll also have the opportunity to ask questions and make requests of your astronomer host. Since the sky is always changing and audience questions and requests vary, each LiveSky show is different. No LiveSky during the month of April. Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  6pm.  $5 nonmembers; free for members.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1431. 
 
First and Third Fridays
PUBLIC NIGHT AT THE MCCORMICK OBSERVATORY
UVA Leander McCormick Observatory.
View celestial objects through the historic 26-inch McCormick Refractor and other smaller telescopes year-round, weather permitting. Tour the Observatory, hear a presentation by an astronomer and see the exhibits. McCormick Observatory.  9-11pm mid March-early November, 7-9pm early November to mid March.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-1885. 
 
Ongoing
STARGAZING 101
Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond.
Learn the names and locations of each season's major constellations and bright stars. Learn how to spot planets, use a star map and use binoculars for a closer look at the night sky. Fee and registration required. 2500 West Broad St., Richmond.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
Third Friday of every month
STARS AND PLANETS
Science Museum of Virginia.
Join members of the Richmond Astronomical Society on the front lawn as they share their telescopes for a look at the night sky (weather permitting). Science Museum of Virginia.  Directions: 2500 West Broad Street, Richmond, VA.  Times vary from month to month.  $free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-864-1400. 
 
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March 6, Friday
PETER PAN & CINDERELLA ON ICE
Wayne Theatre.
The professional skaters and sensational music and storyline bring the room to life and are the backbone of the performance. The dance, music and story help create the visual and emotional journey for audiences everywhere fusing the theater, music and the art of figure skating. Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm.  $28 Adults, $17 Students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 13, Friday
ANGELINA BALLERINA THE MUSICAL
Wayne Theater.
Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy. Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet. Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  10am & 7pm.  $28 Adults, $17 Students.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 13, Friday
JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
Charlottesville Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
A walk-through theater production that tells stories of various Bible characters as you travel to Jerusalem for the Last Supper. Reservations recommended. Charlottesville Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  6:30pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@cvillesda.com. For more info call: 434-296-8418. 
 
March 14, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: SNOW WHITE
The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Charlottesville Ballet for its elegant new production of Snow White, the enchanting Russian ballet based on the classic Grimm's fairytale. Find yourself transported into a storybook world with the fairest of them allthe kind-hearted Snow White. Follow her adventures as she meets a forest full of friends, including the Seven Dwarfs and a handsome Prince. After the show, enjoy an exclusive children's event Ever After Ball onstage with your favorite characters. The Paramount Theater.  11am & 4pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
March 12-14, Thursday-Saturday
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Western Albemarle High School.
Western Albemarle High School presents The Addams Family. WAHS auditorium.  7pm & 2pm.  Contact: Caitlin Pitts.  Email: cpitts@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-8700. 
 
March 15, Sunday
RIVERDANCE 25TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW IN HD
The Paramount Theater.
The new 25th Anniversary show catapults Riverdance into the 21st century and will completely immerse you in the extraordinary and elemental power of its music and dance. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $11-$15.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
March 20, Friday
FROM PAGE TO STAGE: HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON STORIES
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Charlottesville Catholic School students will perform adaptations from Hans Christian Anderson stories. Charlottesville Catholic School.  10-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3296. 
 
March 21-22, Saturday & Sunday
FROZEN, JR.
Wayne Theater.
The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars. Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $15 Adult, $8 Student.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 26, Thursday
PARAMOUNT PRESENTS: THE ROYAL BALLET IN HD
The Paramount Theater.
This production of The Sleeping Beauty has been delighting audiences in Covent Garden since 1946. A classic of Russian ballet, it established The Royal Ballet both in its new home after World War II and as a world-class company. Sixty years later, in 2006, the original staging was revived, returning Oliver Messels wonderful designs and glittering costumes to the stage. The Paramount Theater.  6pm.  $10.50-$14.50.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
March 27, Friday
ALADDIN KIDS IN COLLABORATION WITH DMR THEATER
DMR Adventures / UVA Accessible Theater Project.
UVA Accessible Theater Project is partnering with DMR Adventures Theater to offer a sensory-friendly production of Aladdin Kids. Tickets are free but must be signed up for in advance through the URL link. DMR Adventures Performing Arts Academy.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jane Hulst.  Email: jeh5sc@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 26-29, Thursday-Sunday
THE MUSIC MAN
Theatre CHS.
In the early summer of 1912, aboard a train leaving Rock Island, Illinois, Charlie Cowell and other traveling salesmen engage in a heated argument about consumer credit ("Rock Island Lyrics"). The conversation eventually turns to another topic: a con man known as "Professor" Harold Hill, whose scam is to convince parents he can teach their musically disinclined children to play musical instruments. Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.  7:30pm.  Contact: David Becker.  Email: david.becker@charlottesvilleschools.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
Sundays
TELL US A TALE RADIO SHOW
University of Virginia's WTJU fm 91.1.
An outstanding radio program of storytelling and music for children hosted by Peter Jones. Peter also works with local school children to produce special programs. 12-2pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 924-0885. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
November 15-17 & 22-24
DISNEY BEAUTY AND THE BEAST THE MUSICAL
The Wayne Theatre.
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end, and he will be transformed into his former self, but time is running out. The Wayne Theatre.  Directions: Waynesboro.  7pm Friday & Saturday / 3pm Saturday & Sunday.  $22 adults, $15 students.  Email: info@waynetheatre.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
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March 2, Monday
PETE'S PIZZA AND PJ PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
In the book Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party, that cool cat Pete hosts a pizza party for his friends. That's Groovy. Join the library in your pj's for Pete stories, activities, pizza and fun. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  6-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
March 7, Saturday
SUMMER PROGRAM EXPO
Madison County Parks & Recreation Authority.
Come out and see what activities, events and programs are available in Madison. Various groups will be there with information and to answer questions. There will be programs available from toddler up to adult. Hoover Ridge Park, Madison.  10am-1pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 6-8, Friday-Sunday
SNOW MOON FEST
Massanutten Resort.
The annual Snow Moon Fest will feature an arctic plunge, 4K race/walk, live music, tap takeovers, fireworks, torchlight parade, specials/discounts and more. Massanutten Resort.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-4952. 
 
March 14, Saturday
ST. BALDRICK'S FUNDRAISER
Random Row Brewing Co..
The St. Baldrick's Foundation is a non-profit organization raising money to help fund research for childhood cancer by shaving heads all across the world. Random Row's Head Brewer Kevin will be participating and shaving both his beard and head at the event. Firefly on the Fly Food Truck will be serving on the patio. Random Row Brewing Co..  2-6pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-284-8466. 
 
March 14, Saturday
ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Horton Vineyards.
This kid-friendly celebration will include crafts, The Return of the Mac food truck and additional specials. The Pot of Gold will be set out for customers. Each gold coin, once unwrapped, will give an additional discount on Horton wine for the day. Horton Vineyards, Barboursville.  10am-5pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-832-7440. 
 
March 14, Saturday
ST. PATRICK'S DAY PINTS & PONIES
Stable Craft Brewing.
Visit with the horses in the Stable Craft Brewing barn in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro.  3-5pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 15, Sunday
HEROES ON THE HILL SKI DAY
Massanutten Resort.
Free slope-use ticket with any valid military ID. Active, Non-Active, Veterans, and their dependents receive a slope-use ticket (up to 4 passes total). Must present valid military, police, firefighter, or EMT ID for discount. Discount not applicable for snow tubing, rentals or lessons. Not to be combined with any other offer. Please call with any questions. Massanutten Ski Resort.  9am-5pm.  $Free with military ID.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-4954. 
 
March 16, Monday
JIMMY "MAGIC MAN" MILLER'S BRACKET BLAST
The Paramount Theater / Piedmont CASA.
Enjoy a night of behind-the-scenes tournament stories and inside tips on how things are shaping up for March Madness 2020. By popular demand, the "Magic Man" will again demonstrate how he got his name. At the end of the evening, guests can sign up for the online bracket tournament. There will be tournament prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. It's all for the benefit of Piedmont CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocates. The Paramount Theater.  7pm.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1922. 
 
March 18, Wednesday
AFRICAN DANCE, DRUM AND STORY TIME
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Lillie Williams, with drummer Darrel Rose, will tell the stories of Anansi and the Sky Kingdom and Anansi Gives Wisdom to the World by Patricia C. McKissack. This story time will include dancing, drumming, singing, and lots of audience participation. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  6-7:30pm.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 18, Wednesday
BUS LINES COMMUNITY POETRY READING
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Bus Lines puts poetry on the move by soliciting poems from throughout the Charlottesville community and posting them on city buses. The winning poets will share their work with the public in this lively, joyous, family-friendly reading. Downtown Transit Center.  6-7pm.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-924-3296. 
 
March 19, Thursday
DAIRY QUEEN FREE CONE DAY
Dairy Queen.
Enjoy a free small vanilla soft serve to celebrate the first day of spring. Participating Dairy Queens. 
 
March 21, Saturday
JMRL ANNUAL BOOK SWAP
Virginia Festival of the Book.
Swap your gently used books for something new to you. It's free, it's fun, and it's for all ages this year. Central Library, Children's Room.  10am-12pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 21, Saturday
VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK: STORYTIME MARATHON
Virginia Festival of the Book.
A selection of beloved children's authors and illustrators take turns reading from their books, interspersed with short activities. Parents are welcome to join in as well, and drop-ins are encouraged at this informal program. JMRL - Central Library.  2-3pm.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 3 to 6.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
March 21, Saturday
VPM PRESENTS: LET'S GO LUNA!
VPM / Virginia Festival of the Book.
The event includes a 25-minute screening of the popular PBS KIDS® TV Show, Lets Go Luna! and TWO special appearances from Luna herself. There will also be photo opportunities, a free book and other VPM giveaways. The Paramount Theater.  9-10:30am.  $Free.  Contact: Linda Cohen.  Email: cville@vpm.org. For details, please click this link. 
 
March 22, Sunday
STEP UP FOR DOWN SYNDROME
DSGAR.
The Annual Step Up for Down Syndrome Charlottesville is a Family Fun Day for the community to come together to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. There will be food, music, silent auction, and Cider from the Blue Toad Cidery. This is a free event but registration is appreciated. Blue Toad Cidery.  1-4pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Nancy Neitman.  Email: info@dsagr.com. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-447-4713. 
 
February 25, March 24, April 28
TODDLERS IN ARTLAND
The Fralin Museum.
Families are invited to a program for toddlers 12-24 months and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space. The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.  10-10:45am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
October-May, Saturdays
ROLLER SKATING
Albemarle County Parks and Recreation.
Greenwood Community Center is open every Saturday night for roller skating. Greenwood Community Center.  Directions: Crozet.  6-9pm.  $skate rental $3, bring your own skates $2, entrance fee for non-skaters $2.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5844. 
 
Second Fridays
$1 FAMILY NIGHT
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Come out for the $1 per person event every second Friday of the month at the Downtown location of the Children's Museum of Richmond. Starts June 8, 2018. CMoR Downtown.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
First Thursdays
BLUE RIDGE IRISH MUSIC SCHOOL OPEN SESSIONS
Blue Ridge Irish Music School.
Slower, beginning musicians can play together at 6pm followed by intermediate-advanced, faster musicians at 7pm. Listeners and players are welcome. C'ville Coffee.  6-8pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: cvillesession@brimstunes.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-409-9631. 
 
First Saturdays
COMMUNITY BREAKFASTS
Rockfish Valley Community Center.
Volunteers from the community serve up breakfast at a great price. A wonderful way to meet your neighbors. Rockfish Valley Community Center.  Directions: 190 Rockfish Lane, Afton.  8:30-10:30am.  All ages welcome.  Email: rockfishcc@gmail.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 361-0100. 
 
November 28-December 7, Fridays
COOKIES WITH SANTA
Junior League of Charlottesville.
Kids will be treated to yummy sugar cookies and a holiday coloring book. Partcipants will also have their pictures taken with Santa, and Santa will end the event with a story. Shops at Stonefield.  Various times.  $20.75/child.  All ages welcome.  Email: pr@jlcville.org. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
First Saturdays
MUSEUMS ON US
Bank of America / Merrill / Virginia Discovery Museum.
Its Museums on Us® day at the Virginia Discovery Museum, sponsored by Bank of America! BoA, Merrill, and Bank of America Private Bank (U.S. Trust) customers receive one free general admission ticket per cardholder with an active credit or debit card and valid photo ID. Virginia Discovery Museum.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-1025. 
 
OUTDOOR ICE SKATING
Children's Museum of Richmond.
Open all winter long, this 1,344 square foot outdoor synthetic ice skating rink is perfect for all ages and features weekday, weekend, and evening hours. Children's Museum of Richmond.  Hours vary.  $10 General Public, $7 Members, $5 Skate Rental.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-474-7062. 
 
Saturdays & Sundays
PINBALL
Decades Arcade.
Come out and play unlimited pinball on machines dating all the way back to 1947. Decades Arcade.  2-10pm Saturdays, 2-7pm Sundays.  $$12 Adults, $8 Kids.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Fridays & Sundays
ROLLER SKATING AT CARVER RECREATION CENTER
Charlottesville Parks and Recreation.
Roller skating has returned to Carver Recreation Center. This free event occurs Fridays from 5pm-8pm and Sundays from 1pm-6pm. Skates are provided and there is no charge for this activity. Carver Recreation Center, Jefferson School City Center.  5-8pm Fridays; 1-6pm Sunday.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-970-3053. 
 
Third Fridays
SQUARE AND CONTRA DANCING AT THE FRONT PORCH
The Front Porch / C-ville Hoedown.
Come for square and contra dancing with caller and local favorite Brian Hamshar, who will have beginners dancing in no time. No need to bring a partner. Wheelhouse plays lively celtic-inspired music served up by accordion, piano, flutes and pipes. Everyone is welcome. The Front Porch.  7:30pm beginner's workshop, 8-10pm dance.  $10 adults, $5 students, 12 and under free.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@frontporchcville.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 806-7062. 
 
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February 2, 6, 13 & 27
UVA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
University of Virginia Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Syracuse (Feb. 2), Clemson (Feb. 6), Miami (Feb. 13) and Pittsburgh (Feb. 27). John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary.  $4-$15.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 800-542-8821. 
 
February 29, Saturday
4TH ANNUAL SUGAR HOLLOW BRIDGES RUN 5K & 10K
White Hall Ruritan Club.
Both a 5 and a 10k course will be available on beautiful Sugar Hollow Road alongside the Moorman's River. The course is measured so that the 5K runners will run over 2 bridges to the iconic sycamore tree. The 10K course will incorporate all three bridges with a run to the Sugar Hollow reservoir. Proceeds support the local community. After, stay for a pancake breakfast. 5275 Sugar Hollow Rd., White Hall.  8am.  $35 advance, $40 on-site.  Email: whitehallruritans@gmail.com. For details, please click this link. 
 
February 5, 11, 19 & 29
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL HOME GAMES
UVA Athletics.
Come cheer on the 'Hoos at home as they take on Clemson (Feb. 5), Notre Dame (Feb. 11), Boston College (Feb. 19) and Duke (Feb. 29). John Paul Jones Arena.  Times vary by date.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link. 
 
March 7, Saturday
10TH ANNUAL THE HAVEN 8K RUN & 4K WALK FOR HOME
The Haven.
The run starts and finishes on the Charlottesville Downtown Mall and winds through historic and scenic downtown neighborhoods. The Haven 8K is traditionally thought of as a warm up race for the Charlottesville 10 Miler and is part of the C-VILLE-athon Race Series. All race proceeds benefit The Haven in downtown Charlottesville. The Haven is a safe and welcoming day shelter for people currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness. The Haven.  8am.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-973-1234. 
 
March 7, Saturday
UVA MEN'S BASKETBALL VS. LOUISVILLE
University of Virginia Athletics.
Cheer on our 'Hoos at home against Louisville. John Paul Jones Arena.  4pm.  All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 1-888-575-8497. 
 
March 12, Thursday
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
John Paul Jones Arena.
The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring larger than life entertainers, will perform their ALL-NEW show, Pushing the Limits. Dont miss your chance to get up close and personable with a star-stuffed roster. Every show features a blend of hilarious hijinks and incredible basketball skills including ball handling, high flying dunks, and a new record-breaking attempt. The Harlem Globetrotters are a one-of-a kind experience putting a new spin on family time. John Paul Jones Arena.  7pm.  $Varies.  Contact: Noah Jones.  Email: nrj3gv@virginia.edu. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-4960. 
 
March 15, Sunday
HEROES ON THE HILL SKI DAY
Massanutten Resort.
Free slope-use ticket with any valid military ID. Active, Non-Active, Veterans, and their dependents receive a slope-use ticket (up to 4 passes total). Must present valid military, police, firefighter, or EMT ID for discount. Discount not applicable for snow tubing, rentals or lessons. Not to be combined with any other offer. Please call with any questions. Massanutten Ski Resort.  9am-5pm.  $Free with military ID.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-289-4954. 
 
March 21, Saturday
UVA SCHOOL OF MEDICINE 5K BENEFITING CAMP HOLIDAY TRAILS
UVA Med School / Camp Holiday Trails.
Camp Holiday Trails is a local, non-profit organization that provides a camp experience for children with special medical needs. Since 1983, UVA medical students have helped to raise nearly $100,000 for the camp by hosting this annual event. Join for a morning 5k walk/run, and help support this remarkable camp experience. Newcomb Plaza, UVA Grounds.  9:30am.  $20.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3781. 
 
THE CHARLOTTESVILLE WELCOME BOOK
The Charlottesville Welcome Book celebrates the sights and sounds of Jefferson's Virginia and provides visitors, newcomers and locals with the flavor of our wonderful community! Find art gallery openings, museums & attractions, exhibits, theatre, concerts, brewery and wine events on the calendar along with engaging short stories about the local antiques scene, shopping, history, vineyards and more. The Charlottesville Welcome Book is the quarterly sister publication of CharlottesvilleFamily so you can count on the quality that you've come to trust. Follow this link to the website and digital edition. For details, please click this link. 
 
UVA CAVALIERS
University of Virginia.
Go Hoos!!! Youth Day games provide extra treats for the kids! Season schedule and games scores available through web link. All ages welcome.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 982-5631. 
 
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March 2, Monday
PETE'S PIZZA AND PJ PARTY
JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.
In the book Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party, that cool cat Pete hosts a pizza party for his friends. That's Groovy. Join the library in your pj's for Pete stories, activities, pizza and fun. JMRL - Gordon Avenue Library.  6-7pm.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 8, February 5 & March 4, Wednesdays
PICTURES & PAGES WITH GLYNIS WELTE
The Fralin Museum of Art / JMRL.
Gordon Avenue childrens librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books. The Fralin Museum of Art.  10-10:45am.  $Free.  Recommended for ages 2 to 4.  Email: museumoutreach@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-243-2050. 
 
January 6-March 9
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL- Central Library.
Ten to 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize. Designed for babies ages birth-24 months with a caregiver. Central Library.  9:30-10am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
January 28-March 24, Tuesdays
MOTHER GOOSE TIME
JMRL-Gordon Avenue Library.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking and reading. Gordon Avenue Library.  9:30-10:15am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-5544. 
 
January 8, February 12, March 11, April 8, May 13, Second Wednesdays
CUENTOS Y CANCIONES BILINGUAL STORYTIME
JMRL - Central Library.
Enjoy a special storytime in both English and Spanish featuring favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both languages to help you and your little one learn some basic Spanish. Central Library.  10:30-11am.  $Free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151. 
 
Third Saturdays
BARNES AND NOBLE STORYTIME PRESENTS: BILINGUAL STORYTIME
Barnes and Noble.
Bilingual Storytime for Children is held the third Saturday of each month. Readings will be done by Ali Sullivan of Spanish Moves! Cuentos bilingües para Niños este evento se celebra el cuarto sábado de cada. Las lecturas serán realizadas por Ali Sullivan de movimientos españoles! Ven y participa en la hora de los cuentos bilingues el tercer sábado de cada mes. Habrá cuentos, canciones y actividades. Charlottesville Barnes and Noble.  11am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Sandi Cararo.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 984-6598. 
 
Final Saturdays
SATURDAY STORIES
JMRL - Central.
Stop by for a special storytime treat in the Children’s Room the last Saturday of the month. All families are welcome, including stuffed animals. Donuts with Dad will be a specialty storytime offered February 24. Central Library.  Directions: 201 E. Market Street.  10:30am.  $Free.  Email: central@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-7151 . 
 
Saturdays
STORYTIME AT NEW DOMINION BOOKSHOP
New Dominion Bookshop.
Young children welcome to come to the mezzanine of the bookshop. A staff member will read classic, as well as new books to the group. New Dominion Bookshop.  Directions: 404 East Main St..  11am.  $free.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-295-2552. 
 
December 1-22, Sundays
STORYTIME WITH MRS. CLAUS
Boar's Head Resort.
Straight from the North Pole, Mrs. Claus arrives to spend an afternoon reading some of your favorite Christmas stories. The North Pole Bakery has also sent along some treats to share. You may come in your jammies, and don't forget your camera. Ednam Hall at Boar's Head Resort.  2-3pm.  $15/Child.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-296-2181. 
 
Wednesdays September-December
TODDLER TIME
JMRL - Scottsville Library.
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories. Scottsville Library.  10am.  $Free.  Email: scottsville@jmrl.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 286-3541. 
 
Wednesdays in January
WEEKLY STORYTIME
Barnes & Noble.
Enjoy this new weekly event, featuring fun stories and activities for everyone to enjoy. Barracks Shopping Center Barnes & Noble.  10am.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Email: crm2559@bn.com. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-984-6598 . 
 
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January 24 - March 1
HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Developed at Virginia Rep, this stirring drama with music shares in the joys, sorrows, and challenges Harriet Tubman faced while courageously freeing herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination changed the world. The Children's Theatre at Willow Lawn.  Directions: Richmond.  $Varies.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 804-282-2620. 
 
March 11, Wednesday
RICHMOND BALLET
PVCC.
The State Ballet of Virginia returns with another phenomenal program of new works on the cutting edge of the art form and classics from their repertoire. Piedmont Virginia Community College.  7:30pm.  $17 seniors/students, $23 adults, $12 PVCC.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-977-3900. 
 
March 14, Saturday
CHARLOTTESVILLE BALLET PRESENTS: SNOW WHITE
The Paramount Theater / Charlottesville Ballet.
Join Charlottesville Ballet for its elegant new production of Snow White, the enchanting Russian ballet based on the classic Grimm's fairytale. Find yourself transported into a storybook world with the fairest of them allthe kind-hearted Snow White. Follow her adventures as she meets a forest full of friends, including the Seven Dwarfs and a handsome Prince. After the show, enjoy an exclusive children's event Ever After Ball onstage with your favorite characters. The Paramount Theater.  11am & 4pm.  $Varies.  All ages welcome.  Email: info@theparamount.net. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-979-1333. 
 
March 12-14, Thursday-Saturday
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Western Albemarle High School.
Western Albemarle High School presents The Addams Family. WAHS auditorium.  7pm & 2pm.  Contact: Caitlin Pitts.  Email: cpitts@k12albemarle.org. For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 434-823-8700. 
 
March 21-22, Saturday & Sunday
FROZEN, JR.
Wayne Theater.
The enchanting modern classic from Disney is ready for your Broadway Junior stars. Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical, and brings Elsa, Anna, and the magical land of Arendelle to life, onstage. Wayne Theatre, Waynesboro.  7pm Saturday, 3pm Sunday.  $15 Adult, $8 Student.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-943-9999. 
 
March 27, Friday
ALADDIN KIDS IN COLLABORATION WITH DMR THEATER
DMR Adventures / UVA Accessible Theater Project.
UVA Accessible Theater Project is partnering with DMR Adventures Theater to offer a sensory-friendly production of Aladdin Kids. Tickets are free but must be signed up for in advance through the URL link. DMR Adventures Performing Arts Academy.  7pm.  $Free.  All ages welcome.  Contact: Jane Hulst.  Email: jeh5sc@virginia.edu. Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link. 
 
Monday-Friday and Satuday
PLAYHOUSE TOUR
American Shakespeare Center.
See the Blackfriars playhouse from the Inside Out. Tour participants will, learn about the historical predecessor, discover the inner workings of our 21st-century professional company, and explore the re-creation of Shakespeares indoor theatre. Weekday tours may be cancelled due to Student Matinees. Blackfriars Playhouse.  Monday-Friday at 2pm and Satuday at 11am.  Reservations are required.  For details, please click this link.  For more info call: 540-851-1733. 
 
THEATRE PERFORMANCE GROUPS
Charlottesville-Albemarle is filled with talent! Your young dancer or actor is sure to find a class or group to enjoy. Look to our AF Guide to Kids Recreation Year-Round to find many terrific organizations offering dance classes and theatre classes. Also, watch the Family Events and Festivals Calendar for specific performances and review the AK Guide to Family Fun Year-Round to see which groups do shows for families.
 

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